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Dried Apple and Nut Garland

  • Prep 60 min
  • Total 14 hr 30 min
  • Servings 1

Great gift idea! Use this attractive garland to adorn your mantel, to wind around your buffet or dinner table or to weave through a staircase banister. MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

3
bright-red apples
Lemon juice
Wire rack
Spray varnish, if desired
Glue gun and glue sticks
1
pound mixed nuts, in shells
12
cinnamon sticks, 3 1/2 inches
20
whole bay leaves
Purchased evergreen garland, 6 feet long

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 200ºF.
  • 2
    Cut apples lengthwise from stem end through core into 1/4-inch slices. Dip apples into lemon juice to prevent browning; place on wire racks. Carefully place wire racks on oven rack. Bake 3 1/2 hours. Turn off oven; leave apples in oven 8 hours or overnight.
  • 3
    Remove wire racks from oven. Let apples stand about 2 hours or until completely dry. Place dried apples on waxed paper. Coat each side with 2 light coats of spray varnish, following manufacturer's directions for spraying and drying.
  • 4
    Glue dried apples, nuts, cinnamon and bay leaves to garland. Let dry.

Expert Tips

  • Rome apples have a very pretty red skin and white flesh that are particularly nice for this garland, though other types of apples are also attrative.
  • Visit your local craft store for dried fruit, flowers or holly and make similarly attractive garland without baking.
  • You’ll want the prettiest, shiniest, most colorful apples possible. Select only the best from your supermarket’s produce bins.
  • Add even more color to this holiday handicraft by attaching small bows of red and gold velvet ribbon. Or hang a few small Christmas ornaments from the garland.

Nutrition Information

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